"...Music is more than just notes on a page or a series of different pitches. Music is an art, and through art we are able to discover who we are in ways that we never would through anything else. Music is the desire to draw inspiration from everything we see and hear, to truly be aware aware of ourselves and our surroundings, and to translate atmosphere into sound. Music is the realization that that there is always room to learn and improve, so our sense of accomplishment in life should come not from comparing ourselves with others but from the journey we experience within. ...When we allow our minds to be free, we find that life itself is barred by no limitations. We find that no two human beings or pieces of art or music are exactly alike, that each and every one of us has something of equal value to offer the world, and that when you take fear out of the equation, anything is possible... and this realization is where the experience of true life begins."
-Anna Larsen (14)
This is Anna's most recent album (released March 2013), featuring Bach Well Tempered Clavier II. In order to best simulate the quality of a live performance, the recordings on this album are unedited. Anna has also recorded Bach Well Tempered Clavier I.
Anna Larsen (born March 2000) is an alumna of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation and a two time ASCAP Award winning composer. As an artist, she strives to make the world a better place through music. By the age of ten, Anna had composed her first ASCAP award winning symphony, recorded the first volume of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier, and performed her orchestral debut with the Newton Symphony Orchestra. Her first original symphony had its world premiere with the Newton Philharmonia Orchestra in 2012. Anna has won a number of other awards for her compositions, including first place in the Massachusetts MTNA composing competition for the past 6 years in a row. Her first quartet was awarded a gold medal in the AADGT competition in 2012, and she performed it at Weil Recital Hall, in NYC. In 2008, Anna won second prize in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, performing the difficult Winter Wind Etude by Chopin. The video spread rapidly on the internet and was discovered by Lang Lang. He handpicked Anna to be one of the first pianists in his new Foundation dedicated to educating and inspiring audiences and helping young artists. Together, they performed at Town Hall (NYC), Carnegie Hall, Segestrom Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park, Zellerbach Hall, Lincoln Center, and on the Oprah Winfrey show. Anna collaborated with the first YouTube Symphony Orchestra as well as the New York International Film Festival with Academy Award winning producer Hugh Welchman performing Chopin etudes in the first-ever performance integrating live music with 3-d film. She has also made numerous appearances in her local community bringing music to schools and the elderly. In summer 2012, Anna was invited to give a series of recitals in Beijing, including three performances at the Water Cube. The following spring, her third album, Bach Well Tempered Clavier II, was released. Anna studies piano with Hung Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone, and composing with Martin Boykan.